Great days out for all the family in and around Bude, Cornwall and Devon

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Great days out
There are plenty of fabulous days out to keep all in the family happy in the region. With easy access to both Devon and Cornwall, Forda offers the perfect base to explore both!

Forda is just over a mile from the village of Kilkhampton. In the village you will find friendly pubs, eateries and a surprising range of local shopping – including a butchers shop, two convenience village stores - Premier (which is also home to the post office) & Spar, a Co-op, cafe, gift shops, a Chinese takeaway, and much more. Just outside the village our local Farm Shop sells its own meat and vegetables, local bacon and sausages, homemade pasties, bread and cakes.

We are a few minutes from the Tamar Lakes with fishing, watersports, sailing and canoeing.

The nearest beaches (Sandymouth & Duckpool) are just three miles away in the Atlantic Heritage Coastal region with its rugged coastline and sandy bays, providing spectacular walks and with the Atlantic rollers drawing surfers from all over the world.

The small, friendly resort of Bude is six miles away, with its beaches, tidal sea water swimming pool and modern indoor leisure pool, 18-hole golf course and many other sports facilities. Bude has been welcoming visitors since Victorian times and today the charm and atmosphere of a traditional seaside resort are retained in harmony with modern services. Bude has its own beaches and to the south is the beautiful beach of Widemouth Bay. A few minutes walk from the town centre you can explore the dramatic scenery of the South West Coastal Path or discovering the historic and famous Bude Canal. For much more information on Bude, including the coastline and beaches, local information and places to eat, visit the official Bude Tourism Information website.

Forda is ideally situated for exploring the beautiful coastline of Cornwall and North Devon, whether for the rugged scenery or the numerous picturesque ports, including Padstow (made famous by Rick Stein's enthusiasm for seafood) and Port Isaac (made famous by the TV series Doc Martin). Inland you can explore the rolling countryside of Devon and Cornwall or the more dramatic landscapes of Exmoor, Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor.

The attractions, theme parks, houses and gardens are too numerous to mention – but don't worry, at Forda you will find us fully stocked with leaflets on all of them and you are more than welcome to ask our advice on which are of most interest to you and which are most applicable for your small ones.

Within 30-45 minutes

Tintagel – the legendary home of King Arthur and the Round Table
The picturesque fishing villages of Clovelly, Boscastle, Port Isaac
Bodmin Moor and the famous Jamaica Inn
Many theme parks, attractions, historic houses and gardens
Hartland Point and Quay
Numerous attractive Cornish and Devon villages and the towns of Launceston, Bideford and Barnstaple

Within 45-75 minutes

The Eden Project
The stunning and wild scenery of Exmoor and Dartmoor
The Tarka and Camel trails (walking and cycling
Padstow, Rock, Newquay and other beautiful Cornish harbours and beaches too numerous to mention
Falmouth and the National Maritime Museum
The cities of Exeter, Plymouth and Truro


With some of the best surfing beaches in the country, there are several shops in Bude. For hiring and purchasing wetsuits, boards and much more, try Zuma Jay surf shop.  
For courses and tuition, try Outdoor Adventure, Atlantic Pursuits or and Big Blue. For other watersports – see Tamar Lakes. Links to these are in the column to the left.

If you would like to try fishing on our coarse fishing ponds but would like to arrange some tuition or guidance, you can either contact us to arrange it for you, or contact Colin directly at South West Fishing Adventures.

Would you like to try out your sea legs? You can now charter a boat out of Bude Harbour - contact Dean at Team Shed for further information. 

If you prefer two wheels and didn't bring your bicycles, you can hire them locally at Bude Bike Hire, or at the famous Camel Trail and Tarka Trail.

This is only a small list, you can find more ideas by clicking on the "activities" link on the right!

From good home-made pub grub to something rather exquisite for that special occasion, you should be able to find something to your taste (and budget) in and around Bude! Click here to read more…

Local beach guide
Cornwall and North Cornwall in particular are famous for their beaches – and justly so! Bude is no exception, for we have some real gems! Read more…

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